Tell God What You Are Thinking
November 17, 2011
My little boy wears his emotions on his sleeve. There is absolutely no hiding how he feels. When he is sad, he makes sure that either my wife or I know. If one of us has made him upset, he makes sure the other one knows.
It also works that way when he gets excited. He tucks his elbows into the sides of his chest, clenches his hands into fists, opens his eyes really wide and bears his teeth. There is no hiding his great excitement. Not only does his very obviously show it on the outside, he goes over to someone just in case they did not see him. He wants us to know how he feels.
King David was a lot like that. My wife and I are going through a Devotional Bible together every night and right now we are in the book of Psalms. Now I know that not every Psalm has David as the author, but a lot were. In these short little poems, David spills the contents of his heart out for God.
It is actually spectacular to read. Reading through the Psalms takes the reader up and down on an emotional roller coaster.
David wrote Psalm 59 when King Saul was pursuing him to kill him. “You, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, Awake to punish all the nations; Do not be gracious to any who are treacherous in iniquity.”
He wrote Psalm 52 when he heard of great wickedness that was happening. “But God will break you down forever; He will snatch you up and tear you away from your tent, And uproot you from the land of the living.”
David wrote exactly what he was feeling. When he felt distressed he wrote about it. When he was beat down and oppressed he wrote about it. David knew that even when everyone else had failed him, God would always be there. In Psalm 52 David ended it with these words. “But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God;
I trust in the loving-kindness of God forever and ever. I will give You thanks forever, because You have done it, And I will wait on Your name, for it is good, in the presence of Your godly ones.” Even in saying how evil would perish, he still praised God because God is in control.
Even when David was at his lowest he trusted God. He may have called out and told God he was feeling like a rock was crushing him or that his enemies were pressing in on all sides and he thinks God should do something now. He knew that God was Lord over all and continued to pour his heart out to Him.
Many times when I ask someone to pray they answer with “I don’t know what to say.” Then if I convince them, they ask me if they did a good job once they finish. We just need to let God know what is on our hearts. Pour yourselves out to Him.
When you feel like taking a chair to someone, let Him know.
When you think you just may explode with excitement, let Him know.
If are just sure that everyone is against you, know that God is not and He will listen.
God is our heavenly Father. He loved us so much that He allowed His Son to come to earth in a frail human body and die after just a short time. Jesus went through beatings and suffered violent whipping. Being nailed to a cross, he hung there bleeding. For you.
God allowed this so that we could be forgiven and we can now be a part of the Kingdom of God. What’s cool about this Kingdom is we have a direct line to the King. We can go straight to Him with whatever is on our heart. That is a great privilege! We can all approach the King. Be sure to offer up some praise too. After all, He did give His Son’s life so we can have this privilege.
Why is it hard for us to tell God what is on our minds? Have you ever had difficulty praying?